Friday, April 29, 2016

Cutie Koalas

Took my digital koala stamps from 2 Cute Ink and printed it smaller and bigger and then watercolored them and trimmed them out. I drew on the little one's paws so I didn't have to try to trim those tiny things.

I used a Lawn Fawn green woodgrain card and an old Hero Arts beige woodgrain card together, added my bears and the happy sticker with pop dots. Then I stamped Mother's Day inside to make a card for that upcoming holiday.


Easy Peasy and fun to color! Entered it in the 2 Cute Ink Koala contest for club members and am hoping to win the chance to help design a digi!

If you're looking for a pretty image to color for your mom, you can use this free flower digi I found from Only Coloring Pages.



Happy Friday!
Chark

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Crafty Friends Are The Best

Just wanted to share two cards I received recently from two talented ladies. The first is from my sister-in-law, Donna, who is pretty new to cardmaking, though she has always been crafty. It's my birthday card with some money in the pocket. I wonder what I should get? I'm thinking I should head to Jo Ann's and see what needs to come home with me! Love how cute this is!


The second card is a thank you from Karen, who's a frequent commenter here on the blog, which I totally appreciate! She won a little blog candy and sent this beautiful card. Love, love the gold ink on the background and the front panel. And the bird looks so cool on the die cut. Thanks for the thank you, Karen!


And here are the the bird stamps I won from Karen awhile back...which I didn't send a thank you for...but am so glad I won. Aren't they the cutest? I watercolored them with Distress Inks. Now I have to decide what to do with them. I've also used them on envelopes to dress them up.


Also, if you're looking for some fun new stamps, the Hero Arts summer catalog release is now in at a2z Scrapbooking, so hop over and check it out. Here are a couple of fun ones to tempt you. And don't forget, if you use CHARK15 as your coupon code, you'll get 15% off your total purchase of $25 or more before shipping. New stamps and inks at a discount--my favorite combination!




Happy Wednesday!
Chark

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

It's So Pinteresting

I thought today I'd share some Pinterest pics that I really want to try today. And then, with luck, I'll be back later this week to share how they turned out!

This beauty of a card is by my former DT buddy, Betty, and I love the whole thing. What I really want to try is the stamping on vellum. I love the soft look of it, even though I'm wondering how my vellum will do with heat embossing. Only one way to find out!



I actually have this embossing folder and love the idea...no added bulk that will add postage, but a unique way to jazz up the envie for a birthday card. April is definitely the month for birthdays in this house, and I have some at the very end of the month, so this could be doable!



I love the colors in this one from Lydia at Altenew and the idea behind it, just a white pencil for shading and a great card color and you're good! I know I don't have this color of paper, but I'm betting I can find something close if I make a trip to the craft store...darn! now I have to go to the craft store. Well, if I have to, I have to. :)


What have you been pinning or planning to do soon?

Happy Monday, well, Tuesday!
Chark

Friday, April 22, 2016

April Showers Bring May Flowers

I'm slightly obsessed with this Antique Rose stamp from Hero Arts, it's so fun to color. It's shaded so it takes very little to make it look fabulous.



Here I just used Distress Inks as watercolors, Squeezed Lemonade and Barn Door.


This version is watercolored with Barn Door and Picked Raspberry. But after it dried, I added some white pen and then some Prismacolor pencils and a black pen. 



Here's a video from the incomparable Jennifer McGuire about how she colored on top of inked images, instead of watercolored images, and she does a beautiful job as always. Thanks for the inspiration, Jennifer!

You can get the stamp at a2z Scrapbooking if you're enamored of it like me! And if you use CHARK15 as your coupon code, you can get 15% off your cart when you spend $25 or more before shipping.
 
Happy Friday!
Chark

Monday, April 18, 2016

Throwback Monday

Ok, it's not Thursday, but I thought I might do a throwback post any way. Here is my first scrapbook page, in our Vacation Travel Scrapbook. I thought we needed a scrapbook because we plan to see all fifty states and my husband's idea was to see them alphabetically.

Of course, I thought he was crazy since we drove to the farthest point in Alabama from Ohio with an infant, but the baby did fine and we had a blast. We were saving Alaska and Hawaii for when the kids were old enough to remember them and now we saving them because our kids are making us broke! :) We'll get there one day, just not now.


This is our very first state and my very first page. Here in the close-up you can admire my use of decorative edge scissors and trimmed ephemera from the guidebooks, apparently we stayed at a Days Inn. 


Of course, my favorite part is the adorable kids in the photo, sitting on the edge of the minivan eating candy from Miss Colleen's Kitchen near Gulf Shores. We had to go there, since our daughter is our very own Miss Colleen. She was excited to see her name there and more excited to eat a yellow chocolate sucker.

We're on the letter M now and turns out, we have a lot of states that start with M. We've seen Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts and Michigan and now we have four more M states to go. This year is Minnesota. So if you have any suggestions on what to see there, be sure to let me know!

I still need to scrap the Michigan page in the official Travel Scrapbook and I'll probably use some beach themed items from Pretty Little Studio, since we went to the lake. They have a new collection that I'm coveting, along with some vintage die cuts. Love PLS, where I keep getting pretty things to hoard use. I promise I will use them soon! (I'm not affiliated, just like them). I bought this little die cut and lurve it, but still not sure what I'll do with it. Probably a baby page from when my old kids (15 and 21) were babies.



Happy Throwback Monday...Throwback Thursday really does sound better, doesn't it?
Chark

Friday, April 15, 2016

Burn, Baby, Burn

It's not Disco Inferno, though if you're old enough you might think that from my title. It's actually some woodburning with my Hotmarks tool. I used a Hero Arts stamp, lightly inked it and then stamped on scrap wood. I used one tip to outline the stamp. Loved it!


I liked it so much, I bought some smoother wood meant for crafting and did the same. Then I used Distress Inks and a couple of Tombow markers to color it. I really like how it turned out. I also penciled in the words before I burned them and then made a little freehand border.


Here they are side by side. The tip I used is just the rounded tip so there's not a lot of finesse as far as line (with some tips you can turn and get a thin or thick line), but for my first time doing this, gotta say, I was happy with the results. And yep, I made this around Easter time, you're so clever to pick that up.


Here's the stamp I used. It's available at a2z Scrapbooking if you're interested (there's also an Antique Rose Stem stamp). And if you use CHARK15, my super secret code, you can get 15% off your total of $25 or more (before shipping). And that includes the items in the huge sale section!



I'll leave you with a little Disco Inferno for dancing purposes, or for studying the fashion and videography of the 1970s...nice shoes, dudes!



Happy Friday, friends!
Chark